Popular activist ‘Rosie Dee’ on Starmer’s continued collusion with Johnson
‘Rosie Dee’ (not her real name) is, according to the national media, a popular Labour activist. Here she writes about the Boris Johnson’s plan to impose ‘Covid passports’ and compulsory vaccinations, among other restrictions – a plan that, with at least eighty Tories now publicly saying they will rebel, Labour’s notional leader Keir Starmer is set to collude to ensure passes:
Today Westminster MPs get to vote on four Covid proposals from the Government. Keir Starmer as the current leader of the opposition has already announced he will whip labour MPs to support the Government on all 4 proposals which will apply to England only.
Getting boosters out is a rational position to support but that’s not on the table today.
The votes are on:
- isolation rules
- Covid passes
- NHS compulsory jabs
Johnson is at risk of rebel votes from his back benchers. It’s known he will suffer so many rebel votes, at least eighty so far, on Covid passes that only Labour votes will get the proposal through. He knows he’s going to get that support.
Without Labour votes Johnson would be severely wounded. So what is Labour doing squandering an opportunity to do such damage to a Tory prime minister?
Starmer has decided supporting Johnson in all these votes is in the public interest. Indeed he’s gone as far as to suggest it’s ‘patriotic’. And of course there are public health issues at the heart of these proposals.
Just giving backing to Covid passes, known to everyone as vaccine passports, with nothing in return when Johnson is at risk over it, is terrible politics.
Instead Starmer should be demanding a list of much needed support for citizens:
- full sick pay for all those who succumb to the virus
- support for businesses & workers that will be affected by work from home – particularly the transport industry,
ventilation & filtration systems in schools & key worker workplaces
- support for nhs staff who are too weary to go on
- and so many other things.
As Christmas approaches, remember there will be children who won’t be getting a Christmas dinner least alone a present. How about demanding support for food banks over Christmas?
And of course the big question is what happens next? How far does the country go in excluding the unvaccinated? It could become very worrying indeed with borders in shops, towns and cities.
Can we really allow vaccines and public health education to become a weapon that divides communities?
Have we tried to persuade and educate? Faith in politicians – all parties in Westminster is at an all-time low, with the don’t-knows leading in the polls. So why are politicians trying to deliver public health messages propped up by union jacks when they should be using those the public trust and respect to get the message across.
Have we fully explored measures that we know work and need new reinforcing positive messages?
You can make wearing of face masks mandatory but who is going to reinforce them?
Look around you – there are people wearing the same mask over and over again. I’ve even seen one with a fag burn in it. Sales of sanitiser have dropped. Once it was more scarce than toilet paper!
At what point does compulsory vaccination extend to other key workers? To the general population? What are the wider ramifications of such damage to public freedoms?
These are serious issues and serious questions that need addressing and don’t get addressed by just giving votes away free to a political and moral enemy.
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